Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2018

Document Type

Thesis (699 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Nancy Paul


Assistive listening devices, HATS, communication options for individuals with hearing loss, frequency modulation system, sound-field system


The purpose of this study was to identify the scientific evidence available to support the use of assistive listening devices in primary and secondary educational settings. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) makes it clear that it is the role of the speech-language pathologist (SLP) to modify the classroom environment, as needed, to enhance communicative abilities for this population (ASHA, 2016; Carney, 1998). Each journal article included in this study was published in a peer reviewed journal between the years of 2000 and 2018, written in the English language, and comprised of scientific information relevant to the research question proposed. Experimental studies included participants who were school aged children in a primary or secondary educational location. Results indicated that frequency modulation systems are a highly explored and supported mode of sound transmission, while scientific evidence exploring a variety of modes of configuration remains less conclusive.